Sunset Stairway Stroll

San Francisco, California

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The Sunset features two impressive mosaic stairways that have beauti?ed the area and attracted visitors and press. And of all the parks in the city, aptly named Grand View Park has some of the best panoramic views of the ocean, Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Sutro and Sutro Tower, and downtown San Francisco. Since there are such good views on this hike, do it on a sunny day. Starting at 16th Avenue and Judah Street, walk uphill one block south to Kirkham Street and climb the Hidden Garden Steps. Inspired by the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project (which you’ll see later on this hike), the Hidden Garden Steps were conceived in January 2010 and completed in November 2013. The same artists from the 16th Avenue project created this 148-step mosaic depicting flora and fauna, including flowers, ferns, butterflies, and a salamander that extends up 26 stairs.
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by Alexandra Kenin (The Mountaineers Books)

The Sunset features two impressive mosaic stairways that have beauti?ed the area and attracted visitors and press. And of all the parks in the city, aptly named Grand View Park has some of the best panoramic views of the ocean, Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Sutro and Sutro Tower, and downtown San Francisco. Since there are such good views on this hike, do it on a sunny day.

Starting at 16th Avenue and Judah Street, walk uphill one block south to Kirkham Street and climb the Hidden Garden Steps. Inspired by the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project (which you’ll see later on this hike), the Hidden Garden Steps were conceived in January 2010 and completed in November 2013. The same artists from the 16th Avenue project created this 148-step mosaic depicting flora and fauna, including flowers, ferns, butterflies, and a salamander that extends up 26 stairs.

© 2016  Alexandra Kenin /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
Local Maps: 16th Ave. and Judah St., San Francisco
Driving Directions: Directions to Sunset Stairway Stroll

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